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Yusuke

Legard

YusukeLegardZoom
Sprint Free/Fly
Height: 6'0"
Year: Senior
City/State: Weybridge, Surrey, United Kingdom
High School: Eton College

Bio

Honors: CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2017, 2018) ... ACC Academic Honor Roll (2016, 2017, 2018)

2017-18: At the ACC Championships, led off 200 freestyle relay that took down a seven-year old school record in the event with a 1:18.46 clocking ... That tied the relay for sixth in the conference ... Also swam on 400 freestyle relay that broke a school record established in 2011 (2:53.99) and on 800 freestyle relay that notched the second-fastest time in program history (6:25.97), as well as on Duke’s 200 and 400 medley relays ... Individually, broke the school record in the 100 freestyle with a 43.33 clocking in preliminaries before finishing 16th in the event final ... Also came in 19th in the 50 freestyle ... Member of winning 200 medley relay at No. 25 Virginia (11/3) ... Added individual victories in the 100 and 200 freestyle against the Cavaliers, lowering his career best at the 200-yard distance with a 1:38.36 clocking ... Won the 100 freestyle in the season opener against No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 20 Florida State (10/13) ... Also swam on winning 200 and 400 medley relays in that double dual meet. 

2016-17: Competed on Duke's 200 and 400 freestyle and 200 medley relays at the ACC Championships ... Individually, finished 18th in the 100 freestyle and 22nd at the 50-yard distance ... Took down one of the program's longest-standing school records, besting Spencer Booth's 100 freestyle mark of 43.45 from 2011 with a 43.44 swim ... Competed on winning 200 medley relays five times during the regular season ... Touched first in the 100 freestyle in Duke wins over South Carolina (1/14) and North Carolina (1/29) ... Also swam on winning 400 freestyle relay against the Tar Heels ... Claimed the 50 freestyle against Northwestern (10/29) ... Led off top 200 freestyle relay against the Wildcats ... Took third in the 50 freestyle at the NC State GAC Invite, clocking the third-fastest mark in program history at 19.74 ... Qualified for the 2017 British Swimming Championships, where he tied for second in the men's Target Tokyo 50-meter freestyle and took eighth in the men's open 100-meter freestyle. 

2015-16: Wrapped up rookie campaign at the ACC Championships, where he competed in the preliminaries of the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle ... Earned a top-20 finish in the 50 freestyle at the Nike Cup Invitational ... Helped the 400 freestyle relay surpass the Taishoff facility record against Florida State and Queens (10/23) ... 2016 British Olympic Trials qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle ... Turned in a mark of 23.35 to finish tied for 14th in preliminaries, ranking him tied for seventh among the 17-20 year-old age group ... Punched his ticket to the British Trials at the 2015 AT&T Winter National Championships.

Prior to Duke: Competed at Nationals in Great Britain and Japan … Finalist at Great Britain's junior trials while finishing 29th across all ages … Completed AASE apprenticeship with ASA British Swimming at Tenerife training camp … Regional champion in the 50 butterfly … Multiple-time county champion … Also lettered in soccer and water polo at Eton.

Personal: Born Yusuke Ewan Tanaka Legard Oct. 24, 1996 in Chertsey, Surrey in England … Son of Yuko and Mark Legard. 

Legard Career Bests:
50 Free: 19.74 ... 4th all-time at Duke
100 Free: 43.33 ... 2nd all-time at Duke
200 Free: 1:38.36
100 Fly: 48.67 ... 10th all-time at Duke

On Duke's Relays:
200 Free Relay: 1:18.46 ... Duke record
400 Free Relay: 2:53.99 ... Duke record

At the ACC Championships:
2017: 6th, 200 Medley Relay ... 1:25.70
           7th, 200 Free Relay ... 1:19.01
           7th, 400 Free Relay ... 2:54.47
           18th, 100 Free ... 43.44
           22nd, 50 Free ... 20.12
2018: 6th, 400 Free Relay ... 2:53.99
           T6th, 200 Free Relay ... 1:18.46
           7th, 200 Medley Relay ... 1:25.99
           8th, 400 Medley Relay ... 3:11.23
           10th, 800 Free Relay ... 6:25.97
           16th, 100 Free ... 43.63
           19th, 50 Free ... 19.84

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